South Africa Lifts Moratorium on Intercountry Adoptions

Last Updated: December 7, 2020

This notice supersedes our June 2, 2020 notice regarding the implementation of the moratorium.

The U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues wishes to advise U.S. prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) and adoption service providers (ASPs) that, as of October 7, 2020, the South African Central Authority (SACA) lifted the moratorium on intercountry adoptions originally enacted on May 11, 2020. This information is located in the South African Government Gazette, publication No. 43777.

As reported in our October notice, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has instituted new procedures for issuing new, updated identity and travel documents for adopted children, which PAPs must obtain in order to exit South Africa with their adopted children. The Department is still seeking information from the South African government about timeframes about these new procedures.

Please continue to monitor for information. We will update this site as new information becomes available. For questions about this notice, please email the Office of Children’s Issues at